You may need to have vehicle access to your private property from the highway. This must be done safely and legally by forming a vehicle crossing, also known as a crossover or dropped kerb.
A dropped kerb allows residents, commercial property owners, or tenants to legally cross the council maintained footway and verges.
The law does not allow you to drive over a footway or verge unless a vehicle crossing has been constructed by the council in accordance with section 184 of the Highways Act 1980.
Only the council can build vehicle crossovers, it is an offence for anyone else to make any changes to the public footway.
From 1 April 2019, a new Domestic Crossover policy for the London Borough of Barnet is in place, following agreement at Environment Committee in September 2018.
The new policy ensures that you are fully informed of the criteria for a Domestic Crossover before you submit an application. It also considers the importance of maintaining the character of the borough, improving air quality and water drainage by encouraging residents to include some soft landscaping within the design of their forecourts and ensures that crossovers do not increase the risk and impact of flooding from non-permeable driveways.
The main changes to the policy include the following:
- The maximum width of a crossover has been reduced to 4.2m
- The minimum distance between crossovers has been increased to 2.4m
- Crossovers are not to be constructed over a Highways grass verge that is more than 2m wide.
- Where a crossover is proposed, it is essential that an appropriate boundary is provided to the remainder of the frontage to prevent illegal use of the pavement by vehicles and to maintain appearance of the street. In addition, driveways / hardstanding is required to be built using permeable material to ensure appropriate water drainage. If the application is approved, the boundary and hardstanding will need to be in place before the construction of the vehicle crossover.
Before you submit an application for a vehicle crossover, we would highly recommend that you read the Domestic Vehicle Crossover Policy (PDF 507 KB) and the Domestic Vehicle Crossover Guidance Notes (PDF 186 KB)
Any application that does not adhere to the policy is unlikely to be accepted and the cost of the application will not be refunded to the applicant.
Cost of a crossover construction
The initial application cost is £189.38 this includes the administration costs and site survey for suitability only.
This fee is non-refundable.
If your application is successful, a legal agreement between you and the council will be formed and a quotation for works will be provided. The quotation for works will be dependent on several factors such as:
- Removal or relocation of street furniture, for example street lights, trees and signposts
- Width of the footpath
- Size of the proposed crossover
- Any existing highway amenity such as a tree, lamp column or any other street furniture requiring a specialist officer visit will attract an additional inspection fee of £153.21 Where works may be approved or proposed, cost of such works will attract further fees.
- The Legal Agreement Fee of £205.34 will be payable together with the payment for the crossover and any other associated works.
Please note that works will only commence once payment is received after which the crossover will be constructed by Barnet’s approved highway contractor.
Apply for a dropped kerb (crossover)
If you want to form a vehicle access to your home or premises, please complete and submit the
For guidance, refer to the:
We would also highly recommend that you read the:
Apply for a crossover prior to planned works in your street
If Barnet Council is planning to carry out footway works to the pavements on your road, you will receive a letter. If you apply for a crossover, you may receive a discount in price because of these planned works. Please note, a discounted rate is only applicable if the crossover does not affect street furniture or parking bays.
For further information, please download the
Should you wish to apply to have your kerb lowered prior to works starting please complete and return the below form:
Crossovers where there is a parking bay/Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)
Where the location of the proposed crossover is affected by a parking bay then a separate approval from the Council's Parking Design Team will be required before the parking bay can be removed or altered to allow the construction of the crossover.
There will be two additional fees associated with this process which are payable in advance and are non-refundable.
- Stage 1: £1715.91 to carry out the statutory consultation process which includes the drafting and advertising of the Traffic Management Order; and then assuming all statutory requirements are met;
- Stage 2: A fee of £435.00 will be charged for the final stage of the process to amend the Traffic Management Order, should objections to the consultation be received, additional costs of £210.00 will be incurred,
Your crossover application can be refused for a number of reasons including location specific concerns.
Some examples of why your application might be refused include:
- Because your property is on a bend or at a road junction (sightlines)
- A tree is in the proposed crossing.
- Street furniture or a street lamp may impede access
- The safe passage from your property is affected by traffic signals
- There is insufficient depth in a garden area (cars overhanging footway)
- There is insufficient visibility
In some cases planning permission is also required. It is the applicant's responsibility to check whether planning permission will be required for their hard standing area, and to obtain it where necessary. Planning permission is generally needed in the following circumstances, although this list is not exhaustive:
- access is to be on a classified I tiered or trunk road
- access is to a commercial property
- access is to a property that is a maisonette or divided into flats
- access is to a listed building
- access is in a conservation area, which is covered by Article 4 Direction requiring planning permission for hard surfacing and
- access is likely to affect a tree, which is protected by a Tree Preservation Order
If your proposal requires planning permission, then a further planning fee will be payable with your planning application.
Where planning permission has already been given a copy of the consent letter, any approved plans and the conditions must be submitted with the crossover application form.
Report an illegal crossover
If you want to report an illegal crossover please contact 020 8359 3555, Mon - Thur 9am - 5:15pm, Fri 9am - 5pm.
Report footway parking
If you want to report footway parking, phone our 24-hour enforcement line on 020 3856 0020
Contact us regarding a crossover application
In the current circumstances we are unable to accept applications via post. Please submit all applications to us by email to email@example.com
Apply for a white line in front of your dropped kerb (crossover)
If you already have a crossover and want to prevent people parking in front of it, we can provide a white crossover bar marking - a white line that runs across your driveway parallel to the kerb line. This emphasises that there is a driveway there and discourages obstructive parking.
How to apply
To apply for a white crossover bar marking, please download and complete the
and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To process a payment for white lines please email email@example.com and request us to contact you to take your payment.